Devon Travis likely out for the season with knee pain

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Bleu Jays’ second baseman Devon Travis is likely done for the season after experiencing a setback in his recovery process, manager John Gibbons told reporters Saturday. Travis was initially sidelined in June after undergoing surgery to repair cartilage damage in his right knee, and hasn’t made a return to the field since. While the Blue Jays didn’t specify any additional treatment for the injury, it makes sense that they’d take things slow with the infielder in order to ensure his return by next spring.

Travis, 26, was in his third run with the Blue Jays before suffering the season-ending knee injury. He slashed .259/.291/.438 with five home runs and a .729 OPS through 197 PA, just a tick down from his .300-average, 10+ home runs in 2016. While he appeared to be on track to return in mid-September, he aggravated his knee injury during a rehab stint with High-A Dunedin and was forced to evacuate the facilities on Friday due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Irma. He’s expected to continue his rehab in Toronto but still has no set timeline to resume baseball activities on a major league level.

It’s been a rough season for the Blue Jays, who lost at least nine players to the disabled list this season, five with various season-ending ailments. Ryan Goins and Darwin Barney stepped up in Travis’ absence, splitting starts at second base and maintaining respective batting averages of .259 and .206 in the second half.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.